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Published 1941

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 10:20
Producer Max Fleischer
Production Company Fleischer Studios
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: brewster - - December 7, 2012
Subject: wonderful video
A good video to see the world as the US saw it (at least the kids of the 20th C)
Reviewer: DoctorBotanus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2011
Subject: Super History
This is actually more accurate than you might think. The "passing motorists" who found Kal El and his rocket were in fact the Kents. They did take him to an orphanage and later adopted him. The owners of the orphanage were happy to give him back because he was destroying the place with his super strength. Until the 50s the Kents were not dealt with very much. The Kents were later established to have died from a rare virus they were exposed to when Superboy took them on a holiday to a desert island. Clark blamed himself for their deaths, but later learned that he was not responsible. This is the history that was generally followed in the comics until 1985. The only variations of this history were the movies and TV series and the comics after 1985.
The only variance to occur before that was the establishment that the Superman from the 1930s comics, who fought in WWII, and the modern day Superman were two different people living on two different Earths in two different universes.
Very heavy science fiction type concepts. In 1985 they simplified all this and created a new modern history for Superman, after a while fans complained that this version strayed too far from the original concept and DC Comics have since then updated it yet again and, rather convolutedly eliminated the undesirable elements.
Anyway its like this. Before 1985 = Kents died when Clark was still Superboy. After 1985 = Kents remain alive to this day.
Reviewer: Shadows_Girl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2008
Subject: The Various Histories of Superman
In the original comic book Superman is picked up by a good samaritan and taken to an orphanage. The radio show has him land on earth fully grown. By the 1940 DC comics had introduced Superboy, Smallville, Johnathan and Martha Kent, Lana Lang, and Krypto, Superboy's Super dog. This version of his history is the one most people of MY generation is familiar with.

But it's WAY more complicated than that as a visit to Wikipedia's Superboy article will tell you.

Not sure what a mad scientist with a pet vulture using a destructo-ray has to do with 9/11 but feel free to read anything you want to into these cartoons.

BTW contrary to popular opinion the Fleishers were far from bankrupted by these cartoons..Popeye and Betty Boop were paying the bills just fine. Any money lost on these just served a s a tax write-off.
Five stars for the quality of the movies.

Incidentally the voices of Clark Kent/Superman, Lois Lane, and Perry White are being provided by the same people who were doing the radio show.
Reviewer: g rated - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2008
Subject: Superman - a prophetic cartoon of 9/11
Did anyone notice a HUGE SKYSCRAPER is
toppling & turns to
dust particles - 9/11 revisted?

Did anyone notice a bridge blowing up?

How about the police warning everyone to stay inside - hints of possible Marshall law

this is a very prophetic cartoon
Reviewer: whispers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2007
Subject: Interesting variation yes...
In the very first comic story written about Superman, it's a good Samaritan. The following year (39) Ma and Pa Kent were introduced - and continued to be important in almost every version of the story. The main difference is whether Pa survives after Clark becomes an adult or not.
Reviewer: cristian pavez - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2006
Subject: cristian
muy buen apelicula
Reviewer: jantlman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2006
Subject: waw
Reviewer: carlos adler - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2006
Subject: regrshg
Reviewer: CaptainCaveman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2006
Subject: It's Superman!
Good old cartoons, they just don't play the good stuff like this anymore.
Great stuff!
Reviewer: aldg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2005
Subject: Superman's early background is different.....
When you watch this cartoon, you learn that Superman was found by a passing motorist after his spaceship landed on the earth and he was taken to an orphanage.

This is certainly a lot different than the contemporary tale where the baby Superman is taken into the home of Martha and Johnathan Kent. times have changed.
Reviewer: Unidyne - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2005
Subject: The first of the Fleischers
This is the first of a series of big-budget animated short films featuring the comic book haracter Superman. The animation is very well-detailed, and has lots of action. Surprizing how well this material holds up over the years (save for the anti-Japanese propaganda cartoons of WW2). Well worth a loook!
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